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Old 05-21-2015, 06:01 PM   #1
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So I figure it’s about time for me to start a new journal for the new car. For any of you who know me or have seen my previous journal, I recently (3 weeks ago) bought a 2015 WRX Premium in Crystal Black Silica.



A little background to start (skip ahead to the second post of the thread if you don’t care about history, I’ll leave a mark at the end of the history lesson). This will be my 5th Subaru. The quick list includes a 1996 Impreza Brighton Coupe that I riced the hell out of, a 2002 WRB Bugeye that I bought with some mods but basically rebuilt the whole car, a 1998 Impreza Outback Sport that I got for $600 and was probably the best daily driver ever for the money and then another 2002 MBP Bugeye that was basically stock that I turned and sold quickly (more on that later)






Unfortunately the story of my buying my 2015 WRX doesn’t really start with the actual purchase of the car. It starts with the motor in my WRB Bugeye dying. After spending close to $3000 and spending nearly 6 months without my car (super thankful for having the Outback during this time) I decided that I was done trying to fight with it to keep it running the way I wanted. But then the decision was what was I going to do, I couldn’t not have a WRX, it would kill me.

Sure enough my uncle decided to sell his riced out, but super rust free MBP Bugeye for a very good price. I then hatched a plan to sell my WRB Bugeye to fund the build of this new Bug. Full V7 EJ207 and 6 Speed with Brembos was the plan along with a mountain of suspension parts and interior upgrades. This was going to be my AutoX/Show car (in that order). I started amassing a huge repository of parts. I’ve always had a decent hoard of rare and JDM parts, but I went into overdrive. Everything I found for a decent price, I purchased, didn’t second guess ever. So I tore into the black WRX, starting to rip out the stuff I didn’t want. Carpet, seats, a damaged fender, etc. This was about the time that I found a buyer for my WRB Bugeye. I was ecstatic. I got quotes for all my V7 stuff, and was probably only a day or two from ordering it, when my Outback committed suicide.

Now when I say it committed suicide, it really was more like an 80 year old getting a boob job and then dying of breast cancer. The struts in the Outback had been bad pretty much since the day I had bought the car. This winter basically drove me mad and gave me a degree of whiplash. Pot holes and frost heaves everywhere. Unavoidable. I even managed to bend two rims (another story entirely). So In my mass ordering of parts I figured I would throw the Outback a bone and buy new struts for it. I was always planning to keep the Outback as a daily driver while I had the black WRX has my summer/show/racecar so I figured a small investment was for the best. I was wrong. Basically without going into too much detail, I had to remove the brake lines from the calipers to replace the struts, then had to bleed them. Now if you’ve ever tried to bleed the brakes on a 17 year old car, you know that the bleeders are basically a lost cause. Mine were no different. The both broke pretty much right away. Now I had planned for this. I had bought extra bleeders and drilled out the old ones. Well we apparently drilled to deep or something because no matter what we did, the new bleeders would not seal. This is when I decided since I wasn’t going to be using them, I’d sacrifice the calipers off the MBP WRX. The rest of the strut install when as planned with the exception of the brake pedal feeling a bit soft even after bleeding. The car rode awesome and I wanted to just get it tip top to get ready for my big build that I would be doing hopefully just a few days later, so I brought it to my friends shop to have him vacuum bleed the system. As soon as he put pressure to it, the brake lines to the rear axle basically disintegrated. The shop quoted me $800 to replace them given where they were. With that and the fact that the alternator was on its way out and that the oil pump was warped and leaking, I decided the Outback was done.

I was now left with no car. I went from 3 fully functional cars to none in about 24 hours. The WRB WRX was sold, the MBP WRX was in pieces and waiting on additional parts to be ordered before I could even inspect it, and the Outback was dead. It was a hard call, but I decided I needed a reliable car. One with a warranty (which may or may not be voided shortly ) I started searching dealerships in my area for a 2015 WRX. I figured if I was going to make an investment like that, I was going to get what I wanted, not an Impreza. Sure enough a dealership that I actually order most of my parts from and know a bunch of people had exactly what I wanted.

This is where the people who didn’t want the history lesson should hop in.
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Old 05-21-2015, 06:01 PM   #2
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So I walked into the dealership and sitting in the showroom was my future car, 2015 WRX Premium in Crystal Black Silica. I had actually wanted a base model but of course the dealership only had a premium and a limited (and an STI but I wasn’t going to go there). I decided pretty quickly that I didn’t need the limited. I just wasn’t interested in the couple of additions it offered over the premium and it was WRB (which is a very good color but there are just so many of them already in 2015). Being that I already had friends at this dealership I pretty much walked right past the car and went to talk to the parts manager. He walked my girlfriend and I around the dealership, basically introducing us to everyone and telling them to “take care of us, we were friends.” In the end the introductions must have helped because there was little to no negotiation and I was very happy with the deal. Three days later I drove my new car off the lot with 5 miles on it I didn’t remember to take a picture of it with 5 miles so I took one with 9 on it instead. Still single digit numbers.





Now for the fun part. I had the car for about three days before I installed my rims and tires and swapped trunks with an STI owner from NH. I went with Avid.1 AV-20 18x9.5 +38 wheels with Hankook Ventus V12 265/35/18 tires. From my research online I knew that the rims would clear brembos for a future upgrade and that the tire and rim size would fit without having to roll or pull the fenders. I must say I was pretty happy with the result. I went with SR-48 lugs as well.
I also opened up my headlights and painted them black including the side reflector.

Before:

After:


Swapping the trunk in a Market Basket Parking Lot at 10 PM, got some strange looks.


New Wheels

And Tires


Installed

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Old 05-27-2015, 10:43 AM   #3
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This is where I start to get a little fuzzy. I did all of the next mods in pretty quick sucession so I’ll basically just list them out. First off I did 35% (Legal Limit) window tints all around.


Followed Closely by an Invidia N1 Dual Tip Catback Exhaust


And then followed by my Boomba short shifter, Perrin Shift Stay, and Perrin Shift Bushing

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Old 05-27-2015, 10:44 AM   #4
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Now the mods that I have that are still not installed for one reason or another:

Front 04-07 Brembo Calipers (waiting on rears to be bought and the whole set powder coated Candy Red)
DBA DBA654S-10 T2 Street Series Brake Rotors (waiting on STI Brembos)
StopTech SP Pads (waiting on STI Brembos)
StopTech SS Brake Lines (waiting on STI Brembos)
C-Light as DRL Wiring (Making it myself, just haven't gotten around to it)
Red Grill Pin Stripe (I'm Lazy)
AeroFlow Dynamics Side Lip and Rear Spats (waiting on front lip)
Ebay front lip (waiting for it to arrive)
Cobb Accessport V3 (should be here this week)

I'll also be at WBM if anyone would like to see the car. Should be cruising down with my friend in his LR 2015 STI

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Old 05-27-2015, 11:38 AM   #5
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Looks great man, congrats! See you around, I work in Wakefield and have a LR '15 WRX.
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Old 05-27-2015, 11:49 AM   #6
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Nice, I actually work in Wakefield too.
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Old 05-27-2015, 04:25 PM   #7
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How do you like the Boomba short shifter? Was the install complicated? Thanks!
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Old 05-27-2015, 04:28 PM   #8
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How do you like the Boomba short shifter? Was the install complicated? Thanks!
I love the Boomba short shifter, probably my favorite mod so far. However the install was a HUGE pita. I used the video on Subispeed.com and it does a really good job of showing you how to disassemble everything, but then a terrible job of showing you how it all goes back together lol. I figured it out though but it was like a 4 hour job with a lift. I wouldn't have wanted to do it without a lift.
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Old 05-27-2015, 04:36 PM   #9
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I love the Boomba short shifter, probably my favorite mod so far. However the install was a HUGE pita. I used the video on Subispeed.com and it does a really good job of showing you how to disassemble everything, but then a terrible job of showing you how it all goes back together lol. I figured it out though but it was like a 4 hour job with a lift. I wouldn't have wanted to do it without a lift.

Yeah it seems like it would be a time intensive install. I just got done installing the Perrin short shifter adapter without a lift, and that was a huge PITA. I felt like it was worth it though. I have the Perrin shifter bushing, shift stop, and short shifter adapter installed and I'm liking it so far along with the OEM STS. I have a Raceseng Ashiko knob ordered to improve the shifting feel as well. It still feels like the shifter could be a little lower, and this seems like a good option. Thanks for your response!
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Yeah it seems like it would be a time intensive install. I just got done installing the Perrin short shifter adapter without a lift, and that was a huge PITA. I felt like it was worth it though. I have the Perrin shifter bushing, shift stop, and short shifter adapter installed and I'm liking it so far along with the OEM STS. I have a Raceseng Ashiko knob ordered to improve the shifting feel as well. It still feels like the shifter could be a little lower, and this seems like a good option. Thanks for your response!
No problem! I want people to ask questions. If I suffered through something I might as well share the experience.

As for the shifter my issue was never really with the throw (although it was a bit long) it was with the overall height of the shifter. I'm currently running a Blox 490 knob with a lockout adapter. I love the feeling of the weighted (very heavy) knob but because it's not recessed for the lockout it makes it taller. I plan on getting a lathe werks knob eventually.
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Old 05-27-2015, 10:19 PM   #11
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WTH, look at you getting a '15 outta the blue! Very nice (except for the wing )
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Old 06-01-2015, 10:27 AM   #12
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I had a chance to install the new side skirt extensions and rear spats from AeroFlow Dynamics.








I also ordered my rear brembos. They are a little rough right now,




But I'm sending the full set out to be repainted and rebuilt by Tirado Custom Coatings and they should look similar to this:


But with a black brembo logo. Super excited for these.

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Old 06-01-2015, 11:43 AM   #13
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Are you going to debadge the STI on the trunk?
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Looking good man!
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:48 AM   #15
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Are you going to debadge the STI on the trunk?
I've gone back and forth a lot on it. Considering the JDM STI will probably soon have an FA20 motor it in and I'm installing the Brembos, the only real differences left will be the transmission (which the WRX one is better because of the carbon synchros) and the turn signal mirrors. Plus it's kind of entertaining to see how pissed off people get about it. Seriously, its just an emblem lol.

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Jdm STi is still an ej207..and the 15 wrx six speed is no where close to as strong and the STi unit, see P&L thread..how hard would you rate the headlight painting job..I'm nervous to open them up? It is funny how people get worked up about the badge..haha. The wing looks really good on the 15's.
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Jdm STi is still an ej207..and the 15 wrx six speed is no where close to as strong and the STi unit, see P&L thread..how hard would you rate the headlight painting job..I'm nervous to open them up? It is funny how people get worked up about the badge..haha
ej207..........for now lol

and there is alot of debate on the trans.

As for the headlight painting, I had a friend help and it wasn't too bad. One thing I might suggest is rather than trying to reuse the old adhesive, you might consider buying some new high strength window adhesive. Mine got pretty wrecked when we opened it up and it took alot of time just to get it right when we put them back together. Even now it's not perfect but it doesn't leak so I'm not touching them again lol. I'm sure someone else has some info on what you should use if you were going to replace the old adhesive.
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I've gone back and forth a lot on it. Considering the JDM STI already has an FA20 motor it in and I'm installing the Brembos, the only real differences left will be the transmission (which the WRX one is better because of the carbon synchros) and the turn signal mirrors. Plus it's kind of entertaining to see how pissed off people get about it. Seriously, its just an emblem lol.
JDM STI does not have an FA, they still have the EJ series 207. Also the WRX transmission is crap compared to the STI, plus you have the diffs as well.
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I don't want to turn this page into an STI vs WRX pissing match. Emblem is probably staying on, maybe coming off, but either way it will be my choice and not someone convincing me to do so.
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Old 06-01-2015, 12:11 PM   #20
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Here's also two of my favorites from this past weekend.





Also if anyone would like to just look through my photobucket album here is the link:
http://s1239.photobucket.com/user/Su...ary/2015%20WRX
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:31 PM   #21
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Gah! so like all my image links broke. Fixing them now.
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Old 06-04-2015, 03:42 PM   #22
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Alright so now that my images work again.

Small update, I ordered the brembos and they should be here this week. Then they are getting shipped right back out to TCC for powder coating and rebuilding. I bought a Cobb V3 AP and it arrived earlier this week. Flashed Stage 1 pretty much as soon as I could. (Small side note, launch control is awesome, but you should remember to disable traction control and TV before you try it oops lol) I have my ebay front lip sitting in my living room, hopefully that will go on either tonight or Saturday morning. I also have OLM LED high and low beam lights on the way from SubiSpeed. Should be here next week. Sometime I'll actually get around to creating my C-light as DRL harness. So busy.
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Alright one more post today,

Just ordered the rest of my brake stuff from KNS Brakes. Awesome guys over there truly. Picking up my rear pads, rear rotors, all new hardware and their Brembo Caliper adapters at WBM this weekend. If you need brake stuff check them out for sure. I will be going back.

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Stoptech Street Performance Pads
DBA T2 Street Series Rotors
Brembo Brake Hardware kits front and rear (include springs, bars and clips)
KNS Brembo Caliper Adapters for 08+ Impreza's (fits 2015 WRX for 04-07 rear Brembos)
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:25 PM   #24
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Nice. This is progressing quickly.
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:46 PM   #25
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Alright, what a crazy weekend. Where to start.

First off, for WBM prep I gave it a good wash and wax and grabbed some more pics of the AeroFlow Dynamics side skirt extensions and rear spats. Been getting alot of questions about them so I'll answer a couple here.

Q: How do these mount to the car?
A: They have self tapping screws that you screw into your existing side skirt. Not the greatest method but there's like 12 of them on each so they secure pretty tightly. Just measure 3+ times to make sure they match. The rear spats are a little trickier, they only have 1 hole pre drilled so I chose to drill 2 additional holes in the spat based on what I thought was the best mounting location. At first the mount seemed pretty perfect but I may end up drilling an additional hole because I do hear some vibration feedback from them at low RPM.

Q: Did you have to paint them?
A: They came painted that color. Based on their website its a powder coating paint job but it does seem to scratch easily.

Q: Do you hit it when you get out of your car or when you open your rear door?
A: I have caught it a couple times when getting out of the car but it's on there pretty good. I even manged to really hit the back lip part when vacuuming it and it actually held up really well.





If you have anymore questions feel free to ask them here or in a PM. I'm trying to be 100% transparent on everything I do so other people can learn from my mistakes.

In addition I installed my Ebay front lip and the red pin stripe. I really like the combo.



I also picked up the remainder of my brake stuff from KNS at WMB. Now they go out to powder coating hopefully next week and I'll have them back probably a week or so after that. Stay Tuned.
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